Re: See where it says " Tips and corrections" at the bottom of the article?
Don't you mean stabbed in the back with a rubber dagger?
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Don't you mean stabbed in the back with a rubber dagger?
I'll bet someone's equal to the task, more or less.
I thought at first it must be one of my browser addons that was interfering with the layout as surely no sane person would design a site to use half of the available horizontal space for content and paint the rest grey.
Much like the special individuals who record video of landscape-orientated events in portrait orientation on their phones.
Never thought El Reg would go all portrait on us. Why, just why?
You bring your patent pending magical stealth technology, I'll bring a can of spray paint.
So couldn't they just pitch for bringing it all onsite, and with a slightly modified layout, go for the Heptagon. That'll worry those nasty evil for'n sandal wearing beardies, and, to boot, give an additional 20.5757... degrees of furniture capacity in each of the outside corners. What's not to like!
"I order bottles of Coke, water, etc." - are all of the taps in your home broken?
Power failure: so the diverse sourced mains supplies failed, and the UPSs, and the generators? That must have been some failure!
Surely they would just failover to their alternative data centre(s)?
They haven't gone cheap, have they?
^[%-12345X@PJL RDYMSG DISPLAY="More cheese please"
"Maybe something like an emergency drain...holding tank"
You mean just like Chernobyl or Fukushima?
But "01/01/1980" isn't a date - it's an incomprehensible string of decimal digits and slashes. A date has the format "yyyy-mm-dd".
I suppose they'll not have to pay much tax then, after losing out so badly to unforeseen events.
The finance department must be absolutely gutted. Truly and utterly gutted.
Life's a bitch, isn't it?
SolidSquid, there have been heated discussions around the use of apostrophes upstream, and you come out with "off of"?
Christ on a hover donkey, have you no sense? That's just not cricket. The English language is robust, but give it a fighting chance of survival dear fellow.
It's a jolly strong cause though.
"Our IT systems worked yesterday, and so shall they work today, tomorrow, and forever. Onwards, cost cutters, there is baggage to be trimmed!"
"What do you mean, they were actively maintaining the system, preserving life? Oh sod."
Yup - always worth having a rough idea of the scale of things.
Who could imagine a million otters? Now, a hundred, in the cabin? Yellow car!
For as long as we are able to temper the insanity of modern life with acts of such utter Britishness, we have nothing to fear.
So as I understand it, this is somewhere between a slick swift and a greased eagle?
El Reg, I might be behind with the units, but do we need some new ones? Small birds, flightless birds, high altitude LBJs?
While the Culture novels might make fantastic source material for many hours/days/weeks of film, I suspect any such productions would suffer from the same problem as films made from Tolkien's work - I know in my imagination *precisely* what everything looks like, but everyone else has it wrong! FFS they filmed most of the stuff in New Zealand, but it happened in the woods just up the hill, over there.
There is so much detail to be absorbed, and personal interpretation to be applied, that a film by a 3rd party really will quash the enduring enjoyment. I've watched The Force Awakens a number of times, and I consider it bland and forgettable. I've read a number of Alistair Reynolds' works once and each is firmly imprinted on my mind.
Isn't it strange how different people have different experiences. I've supported and owned a good number of traditional PCs and laptops over the last decade, running Linux and Windows (XP, 7, and 10), and have hit only one problem - one old system which was upgraded to Windows 10 didn't have drivers for the 8 year old sound card. No network problems wired, or wireless. Video was fine. Keyboards have always worked fine, and all provided both delete and backspace keys. The wonders of engineering!
I don't care what a specific software vendor's hardware is "the device to beat" - I use an operating system that just works on what ever device its installed on.
You say that you are freed from disposal costs of the old equipment, but then you say you have "very strict requirements for data protection and confidentiality" and "a need to be fully auditable" . I presume you remove and destroy the storage devices before returning to the OEM? Or do you trust the OEM to do the right thing, and generate an audit report that says "A OK!" Yes, the data on those devices is encrypted, but once you have the key at any time in the future, you can view the data.
I enjoy working for an organisation that does physically destroy storage devices on site. I like destroying stuff. It sounds nice.
Agreed - this is very nasty stuff.
That the Swiss will allow further work to be done locally following "successful" work in China is disgusting. Next I suppose we'll be hunting whales as Japanese research has shown that whales more often than not have one or more flippers, fins, or flukes.
I've always thought that they make estate agents look rather good in comparison.
I do wonder if Graham Murkett, AKA somegreybloke, might be available, for the right price?
He seems to have a good, well researched (if sometimes accidentally), grasp of many topics of interest to some or more or less other people.
Indeed, there is a very apt presentation he made a few years ago:
So not only is he topical, he is prescient.
Could you please leave my finders fee of sixty Altarian dollars behind the hot water pipes, third washroom along, Victoria Station?
Ta very muchly.
Mark 65, well said.
This is a vote between a failed business man and a political whore.
It is so sad that next week the result will be that either an utter cnut or a real cnut wins. Either way, everyone else loses.
Google/search YouTube for "Tom Mabe", and perhaps "how to deal with a telemarketer". Such great material that can be used in so many situations!
I've met a number of self-proclaimed DevOps. They were typically failed devs, and really didn't have the first idea about ops, possibly on account of being failed devs. I'm not saying they're all failed, just the ones I've met.
Agile should have a lowercase "a" - there is nothing special a dynamic approach to development that removes all responsibility for planning. Don't try to imbue a decent and useful word with hipster software trends.
CD, yes, I do like to listen to a good CD while working, thank you.
Container, while no direct contact with said article, I do believe that a lot of the kit I use and fruit I eat has probably traveled in one at some point.
Ooh, doughnuts! Why no mention of doughnuts?
What the chufftikins were you thinking, when, knowing that you had to get 4 people with luggage to an airport, that a *Mini* was the thing for you?
And you think a *Mini* estate is a proper estate (i.e. big) car?
The clue is in the name.
Were you dropped on your head as a child?
The Ballmer Peak springs to mind - https://xkcd.com/323
Don't anthropomorphise those AIs. They won't like it.
Surely not. What better a place to ask a complete stranger (ideally someone on holiday) where the nearest library is? They'll obviously not know, so you can then tell them that it is two stops back, 3rd street on the right from the north exit!
It's not just me that does this, is it? OK, those 4 pints help.
the peeps in charge of security get a "well done" for spotting this casual event, and everyone ignores the stable door flapping in the wind, with just a bit of tired, broken, string that used to hold it closed.
It's the foundries that mill steelions.
With sincere apologies to Whale, how about Uber Kicking Inmate Slave?
Asterisk, armed with an appropriate set of phrases is waiting. Bring it on!
Big multi-storey pizzas!
So that's the starter. What's for the main course?
Is there a single token, of any nature, through which Lester may be remembered and identified by?
I have tried to think of one for many hours, but my eyes keep filling up.
In my mind, he is a legend. That will do.
For the many wonderful articles you have written, you will never be forgotten.
Some of the most memorable involved Rockall. They had me gripped. You understood the challenges through your experiences - that is gold.
For all that you have attempted, achieved, and cooked, I salute you, sir.
Maybe no bonus score, but I'll reckon they have a massive payload of flight data to analyse and benefit from, so they still come out way ahead.
I mentioned in a comment on an earlier thread about how difficult it would be with typical domestic connectivity to be exposed to incoming threats, what with NAT and sensible router defaults.
Now it is clear - I understand that people are installing waldos on their PCs left, right, and centre, and *trusting a third party* with authentication and access, to provide incoming access over established outbound connections to that third party, bypassing all natural security. And being surprised by the outcome. Oh ghod.
There is always a weakest link. Doesn't matter who owns it, it's there. The more links, the more likely one is weaker that you might expect or like.
Bang on the money Herby.
The operation of a modern, "idiosyncratic", C++ program is so difficult, bordering on impossible, to reason about given its source. Developers tend to cut-n-paste from previous (possibly simpler, and definitely different systems), and rely of test-driven-development approaches even when that may be utterly unsuitable for the application in question.
The legendary C.A.R. Hoare knew about this a few decades ago: "There are two ways of constructing a software design: One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies. The first method is far more difficult. It demands the same skill, devotion, insight, and even inspiration as the discovery of the simple physical laws which underlie the complex phenomena of nature."
The first method involves engineers. The second, code monkeys.
Something I find intriguing about this (potential) suggestion is how to go about achieving it.
Assuming a domestic environment, every router I've come across (OK, not so many - a couple of Zooms, a few from BT, and a bunch from Draytek), really are plug-and-play with complete blocks on incoming connections. You have to fight (sometimes hard) to permit incoming connections.
Just what are people doing to be exposed to intrusions? Is it really as easy as walking naked into the whore pits of 'pork?
This has been added to my list of things to check every year whether they exist.
Can't they just turn gravity off for a bit, on a quiet afternoon, until the debris has spun away into somebody else's space?
Well, yes, you make the most common mistake of saying "Agile" when perhaps you mean "agile". The latter meaning the weasels, agile as they are, will have weaseled off before anyone who does proper project management will have noticed.
"Agile", adjective, quick and well-coordinated in movement - describes the path of your cash.
Is sorting students such a complicated process that anyone is ever upset by it? Surely, a student has one or more attributes (such as name or average altitude on a Friday morning), and students are sorted by an attribute. Now this may well involve something called an index. Sorting is easy. Students, elephants, or badgers - it's all the same.
What were you saying? Do you think seriously think that badgers don't do backups?
just use .xyzzy, and bask in all the glory that it entails.
You could pretend they are SGI workstations.
You mean Microsoft will do "an Oracle". Chip/socket count, core count, MHz, memory, all will be taxed.
I'm glad I climbed it last year. Harder work now!
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